Torii Hunter signs with Anaheim

By Jason Wojciechowski on November 22, 2007 at 6:06 PM

I'm excited to see that Torii Hunter has signed with the Angels for five years at about $14 million per year. Why am I excited? Because it seems, on the face of it, like an awful deal for Anaheim. Hunter's already overrated, both defensively (because his range doesn't match his highlight home-run robberies) and offensively (because he's only had two years in his career (one of them last year) in which he hit for enough power to overcome his weak OBP). Further, he's 32, and thus there's a good chance that last year, when he had a 122 OPS+, was the last good year of his career. Finally, because Anaheim has decided to spend its money on a player at a position where they've already got too many players (Vlad Guerrero, Garret Anderson, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews, Reggie Willits) thus ensuring that this wasn't the most efficient use of their resources.

The worry, of course, is that the signing merely frees up one or two of those outfielders for a trade for an actual impact player -- especially after the Jon Garland-Orlando Cabrera deal added to their starting pitching depth. On the other hand, if that player they trade for is Miguel Tejada, then I won't exactly despair for the fate of my team. But more on that if and when it happens.

EDIT: I can't do math - the deal is actually at $18 million per year.